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Sincerity (1953)

Magokoro (original title)
A young student (Akira Inshihama) falls into a hopeless romantic attraction to an invalid girl (Keiko Awaji) whom he can only see from afar.


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Credited cast:
Keiko Awaji ...
Motoji Fujiwara ...
Hiroshi's friend
Chieko Higashiyama ...
Kentarô Imai ...
(as Kintarô Imai)
Akira Ishihama ...
Tôru Shimura
Reiko Minakami ...
A concierge for apartment
Yasushi Nagata ...
Fumiko's uncle
Yasushi Nagatsuka
Hitomi Nozoe ...
Koreya Senda ...
Yûzô Ariga
Fujio Suga ...
Hachirô Sakamoto
Teiji Takahashi ...
Keiichi Yajima
Eiko Takamatsu ...
Kuniko Ariga


A young student (Akira Inshihama) falls into a hopeless romantic attraction to an invalid girl (Keiko Awaji) whom he can only see from afar.

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29 January 1953 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Sincere Heart  »

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The soundtrack includes two of the most famous Bach's pieces: "Toccata e Fuga" (in the opening and in the last scene) and "Air on the G String" (in two scenes, played by the main character in his record player. See more »

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Excellent (Very) Early Kobayashi Film
21 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Masaki Kobayashi's first couple films, this and his 45-minute debut "Youth of the Son", were highly influenced by Kobayashi's mentor, Keisuke Kinoshita, who supervised the whole production of "Youth of the Son" and who wrote the screenplay for this film, "Sincere Heart". Kinoshita's films, as I understand, were more sentimental, and that shows in these films. But already with this one, I see Kobayashi starting to come into his own.

"Youth of the Son" was a cute film. It's such an overly joyous affair, it's so corny, that I should have found it cringe-worthy, but I have to admit, it made me smile. It has a similar appeal to that of an Ozu film such as "Good Morning" (and even features favourite Ozu actor Chishû Ryû), but sillier, and not quite on that level of quality. Still, it was a good film. There was just nothing in it that I recognized as Kobayashi. It lacked an edge. It was too benign. There was no angst!

"Sincere Heart" is quite a bit more interesting. The same baby-faced lead actor from "Youth of the Son" is back -- Akira Ishihama, who I did not realize until afterwards was Motome Chijiiwa in "Harakiri" (!) -- and for much of the film, "Sincere Heart" feels very much like "Youth of the Son". But then, in the second half, the film reveals its edge. There's a certain cynicism in the film, about class differences, and in this I recognize Kobayashi. But the film is still sentimental, its Kinoshita influence is still strong, and the result of this hybridization of styles is quite an effective little tearjerker.

The film is not as good as Kobayashi's masterpieces "The Human Condition", "Harakiri", "Kwaidan" or "Samurai Rebellion", nor is it the best of his less widely-seen works, but it's an excellent early film that deserves to be seen by more people.

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